Articles from November, 2015

City Releases Higher-Resolution Version of Ferguson-Coleman Video
The City has released a higher-resolution, non-edited version of the February 23, 2014 video recording of Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson shoving journalist Joey Coleman.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 30, 2015 in Special Report: Integrity Commissioner (7 comments)

Complete Streets Opposition the Same Old Political Fear and Loathing
This war on the lower city comes from the ugly political tradition of stoking contempt to manufacture a phony crisis and score cheap points at the expense of the city's overall well-being.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 30, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (11 comments)

Character Zoning Pilot Study: A Step Toward Preserving the Character of Durand
Durand residents deserve 21st century zoning that protects the character of their neighbourhood and facilitates good infill development.
by Frances Murray and Yonatan Rozenszajn
Published November 30, 2015 in Policy (3 comments)

Let's go Dutch Part VI: Aberdeen Avenue
It is easy to see what Aberdeen Street in Kirkendall could look like. All we have to do is look a few blocks further east on the exact same street.
by Kevin Love
Published November 30, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (4 comments)

Dreschel Defends Whitehead's Attack on Safer Streets
Or, How to waste a billion dollars and keep the city divided against itself in one easy step.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published November 27, 2015 in Special Report: Light Rail (30 comments)

Plenty of Reasons to Protect 1 St. James Place from Demolition
Designed by William Russel Souter, built by Pigott Construction and representing the Art Moderne style, 1 St. James more than deserves its Heritage designation.
by Geoff Roche
Published November 26, 2015 in Special Report: Heritage (21 comments)

Time to Close the Gender Pay Gap
April 20, 2015 was last year's Equal Pay Day for Ontario. This illustrates how far into the current year women must work in order to earn the same amount men earned the previous calendar year.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published November 26, 2015 in Healing Gaia (1 comment)

Time to Reject the Status Quo and Reimagine Our Public Space
The single biggest issue facing Hamilton is our collective tendency to settle for the status quo.
by John-Paul Danko
Published November 26, 2015 in Ward 7 By-Election 2016 (11 comments)

Whitehead's Proposed Complete Streets Moratorium is Nakedly Cynical
It is Whitehead's job as a Councillor to lead for the good of this entire city, not to play this childish game of divisive political theatre.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 26, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (77 comments)

Victim Blaming By Police After Pedestrian Struck on Sidewalk
The police can't fix what ails Hamilton's streets, but they can stop adding insult to injury - literally - by conceiving and describing collisions in language that blames the pedestrian for daring to get in the way of a car.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 25, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (29 comments)

Corporations Behaving Badly
Maybe society would be better off if governments spent money directly on benefits to people rather than channelling the aid through corporate incentives and subsidies.
by Jim Sweetman
Published November 25, 2015 in Commentary (1 comment)

Colour My World Orange!
Today is the official launch of the United Nation's Orange the World Campaign to end violence against women.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published November 25, 2015 in Healing Gaia (0 comments)

Help Chart Beasley Neighbourhood's Future
In anticipation of the five-year anniversary of the Beasley Neighbourhood Plan, the BNA is conducting a year-long consultation with residents and other community service agencies to determine priorities and action-items for the 2016-2021 Plan.
by Allison Chewter and Michael Borrelli
Published November 24, 2015 in Special Report (0 comments)

How to Let Upper Wellington Become a Local Commercial Centre
Modest changes initiated now could make a huge difference over the next decade.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 24, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (12 comments)

Preview: Borderline Me by Robin Zee
The version of this one-woman play being presented at the Spice Factory will be different from previous performances and definitely worth a second look.
by Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns
Published November 24, 2015 in Reviews (0 comments)

Ferguson Coleman Shove Partial Surveillance Video Released
The first 15 seconds of a video of Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson shoving Joey Coleman has been released.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 23, 2015 in Special Report: Integrity Commissioner (21 comments)

Review: Spirit of the Narrows
In an age of American Idol and almost pre-fab music learning, it was refreshing to take a more in-depth look at another spirit of cultural learning and exploration.
by Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns
Published November 23, 2015 in Reviews (2 comments)

Shift: Changing Direction in City Building with Dr. Pamela Blais
Dr Pamela Blais explains how we need to align our pricing, planning and infrastructure policy to achieve our goal of sustainable, prosperous re-urbanization.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 23, 2015 in Events (1 comment)

Affordable Housing Growing in Importance in Hamilton
With a new government in Ottawa, might there be an opportunity for Hamilton to be ambitious and incorporate more of a grassroots, community-led component to upcoming planned redevelopments.
by Rob Fiedler
Published November 23, 2015 in Special Report (13 comments)

Decent Work Hard to Find in Non-Profit Sector
Non-profit agencies provide the critical services so vital to creating an equitable society. Because of the role they play, non-profit workers deserve special attention.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published November 23, 2015 in Healing Gaia (1 comment)

Metrolinx 2015 GO Train Survey: Seeking Hamiltonians
Metrolinx and GO Transit are looking for feedback, and Hamiltonians need to make sure our voices are heard.
by Mark Rejhon
Published November 20, 2015 in Special Report: Transit (11 comments)

Watch Ambitious City 2015: Is Hamilton Canada's Brooklyn?
Full recording of the keynote speech by Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce CEO Carlo A. Scissura, followed by a panel discussion.
by RTH Staff
Published November 19, 2015 in Events (0 comments)

Nirbhaya! Raise Your Hand and be Silent No More
Nirbhaya was inspired by a brutal gang rape in India but it also draws extensively from the lived experiences of the extraordinary cast putting faces and voices to this global human rights issue.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published November 19, 2015 in Healing Gaia (1 comment)

Wentworth Stairs Survey Results
More than half of the 276 people who responded to the Wentworth Stairs online survey chose a safe crossing at the Sherman Access as their top priority for improvement.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 18, 2015 in City Life (4 comments)

Notice of Motion to Put Aberdeen on a Road Diet - Updated
Ward 1 Councillor Aidan Johnson is bringing a motion to review Aberdeen Avenue for a complete street redesign to today's General Issues Committee meeting.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 18, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (89 comments)

Ferguson/Coleman Incident Reaches Canadaland, Boing Boing
There is nothing like the perspective of an outside third-party report to demonstrate just how freaking absurd this whole fiasco has been.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 17, 2015 in Special Report: Integrity Commissioner (29 comments)

Easy, Minor Cycling Improvements Possible on Concession
Cycling is big business in cities all over the world, but unfortunately Hamilton City Hall hasn't yet received the memo.
by Jason Leach
Published November 16, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (14 comments)

Staff Recommend Purchasing 18 Replacement, 14 New HSR Buses
We are supposed to have 246 buses in operation by the end of 2016, which would also mark the timeframe in which the fleet would be large enough to have addressed all pre-existing system deficiencies.
by Jason Leach
Published November 13, 2015 in Special Report: Transit (16 comments)

New Cannon Bike Lanes Between Gage and Britannia
All in all, the new bike lanes are a major improvement in cycling infrastructure on a street that had both a large number of cyclists and a real surplus of right-of-way that was totally unnecessary for the volume of vehicle traffic it needs to carry.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 11, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (28 comments)

Rwanda, A Poem for Remembrance Day
In remembrance of the Rwandan Genocide and those members of the Canadian Forces who participated in the United Nations Assistance Mission.
by Kevin Love
Published November 11, 2015 in Fiction and Poetry (1 comment)

Robert Service: The People's Poet
Robert W. Service may be forever lost to a few cold-blooded academics, but he will never be truly forgotten by the people. This mountain of a man was, and remains, a people's poet.
by Margaret Lindsay Holton
Published November 10, 2015 in Arts and Music (0 comments)

Steve Parton Goes Back in Time for Dundas Authors' Book Launch
Steve Parton is one of four authors introducing their new works at a book launch this Friday at St. Paul's United Church in Dundas.
by Mackenzie Kristjon Jenkyns
Published November 10, 2015 in Events (0 comments)

Engagement Announcement: Hamilton Citizens Accept Proposal from Sassy Stairs
Please share your ideas for what Wentworth Stairs needs to serve Hamiltonians even better.
by Wentworth Stairs, Esq.
Published November 09, 2015 in City Life (29 comments)

The Push: Comprehensive Documentary Unpacks Ferguson/Coleman Fiasco
Director Coty Lanktree uses the incident and its aftermath as the point of entry for a more far-ranging examination of Hamilton's toxic political culture.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 09, 2015 in Special Report: Integrity Commissioner (34 comments)

Aligning Action with Rhetoric
During election campaigns, politicians speak often of their leadership abilities - perhaps it is time to show some leadership action.
by George Sweetman
Published November 09, 2015 in Special Report: Climate Change (5 comments)

Zoning Rules Produce Inferior Outcomes, Variance Needed for Good Design
Every infill project faces the barrier of Zoning rules designed for low-density suburban develompents.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 06, 2015 in Downtown Bureau (16 comments)

Canada Must Hold an Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
By refusing to hold a national inquiry and enact the recommendations in a timely manner, Canada is currently violating international law.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published November 06, 2015 in Healing Gaia (5 comments)

Speed Radar on Beckett Drive Belies Gridlock Claims
On Beckett Drive, even the rush hour traffic is not congested by any reasonable definition of congestion.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 06, 2015 in Special Report: Walkable Streets (11 comments)

Parkway Traffic Study Needs Broader Scope
The motion to study widening the Linc and RHVP must be expanded to include the full range of policy options with their respective costs and benefits.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 05, 2015 in Special Report: Transit (23 comments)

Cycling Improvement on Dundurn South a Small but Important Step
The fact that staff are circling back to this bike lane to improve it holds out hope that other poor connections can also get retrofitted to work better.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 05, 2015 in Special Report: Cycling (11 comments)

Mixed-Income Neighbourhoods Need an Actual Mix of Incomes
Increasing the supply of new apartments is a better way of keeping units within affordable ranges than reducing the demand by preventing downtown Hamilton from being a desirable place to live.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published November 04, 2015 in Downtown Bureau (40 comments)

Support Post-Secondary Education for Indigenous Women
The goal of Moc Walk is to raise $10,000 to establish an education fund, with awards distributed based on financial need.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published November 04, 2015 in Healing Gaia (0 comments)

Cycle Hamilton Planning Workshop November 11: Creating a Unified Voice for Cyclists
This workshop will be an opportunity to voice your opinions and ideas on what Hamilton needs to do to become a better city for cyclists and what Cycle Hamilton should do to make that change happen.
by Dave Heidebrecht
Published November 03, 2015 in Events (0 comments)

Notice of Motion to Widen Red Hill, Linc to Six Lanes
The motion completely neglects to acknowledge that the very act of widening the highways will by itself generate additional traffic, eliminating the congestion-reducing benefits of the widening.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 02, 2015 in Suburban Bureau (60 comments)

November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario
The purple scarf is symbolic of the courage it takes for a woman leave her abuser.
by Doreen Nicoll
Published November 02, 2015 in Healing Gaia (0 comments)

Review: Lake Road Restaurant
The food, service and atmosphere are uniformly excellent: playful, delicious and highly attentive.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 02, 2015 in Reviews (4 comments)

Mount St Joseph Site an Opportunity for High Quality Infill Development
With forward-looking mixed-use design and community involvement, this can be an excellent urban node in the city's LRT route.
by Jason Leach
Published November 02, 2015 in Downtown Bureau (6 comments)

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